PG Exam: Docs doubt service in Hilly areas

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Coimbatore, Nov 8 (UNI) Doctors will not be ready to work in the Government Hospitals in hilly areas like Nilgiris in future unless the government allows them to appear for post graduate entrance exam directly from the coming academic year.

A medical officer working in the government hospital at Nilgiris told UNI here today on condition of anonymity, a number of doctors had joined the government hospitals in this hilly areas expecting they could join PG Course after two-year service.

But they were disappointed as the government did not conduct the special TNPSC examination now as the final result of earlier examinations were pending.

The doctor said the government was silent on the issue.

Those who joined the service in this hilly area were now thinking to quit.

The doctors had even resorted to agitation to bring the matter to the government's knowledge.

Two year back, State Health Minister K K S S R Ramachandran announced in the Assembly that doctors who had worked in the Nilgiris District for two years would be permitted to appear for PG entrance exam as service candidates.

Following the announcement, a number of doctors joined the government service.

Health service was made available even in remote villages. Now, there is a question mark on whether this service will be available to the rural masses because of the government's negligence.

If this situation continues, health service in the Nilgiris District would be severely affected in future, he said.

The doctors urged the government to issue a special Government Order to allow the doctors who have worked for the last two years, to appear for the PG entrance examination for the coming academic year as the government cannot conduct TNPSC examination since the time was very short.

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